I am an Aboriginal woman, a registered nurse and early career researcher whose PhD thesis focused on Understanding how individual, family and societal influences impact on Indigenous women’s health and wellbeing. My PhD was awarded from Sydney University in 2017. Following completion of my PhD, in the same year, I was awarded a Scientia Fellowship from the University of NSW. I commenced with the Division of Mental Health at the George Institute for Global Health in 2018 to conduct post-doctoral research exploring strategies to prevent the removal of children from first-time Aboriginal mothers with vulnerabilities during their first pregnancy. My first project during the fellowship was to lead the qualitative component of a process evaluation examining the benefits and costs of integrating Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare and Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect into routine service delivery across services in NSW.
Between August 2017 and February 2018, I worked as a research fellow with the Centre for Research Excellence at Sydney University addressing Drug and Alcohol among Indigenous peoples. In this role, I supported the qualitative analysis of a CRE National Alcohol Prevention Project focusing on reducing the impact of alcohol in Aboriginal communities under the guidance of Professor Kate Conigrave.
In January 2016, I commenced in the role of Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch University in Perth. In this role, I managed an Aboriginal health research project seeking to improve maternity services for Aboriginal women birthing in metropolitan hospitals in urban settings. Prior to this, I worked with the George Institute for Global Health as a Research Fellow where my role included program development relating to chronic disease in Aboriginal communities on a national collaborative level, and completing my PhD Studies.
During my PhD, I was involved in two qualitative research studies as part of my PhD. A process evaluation accompanying the Kanyini-GAP clinical trial with In-depth interviews undertaken with 21 Indigenous men and women and their health care providers. The aim of this trial was to improve health outcomes for people with high cardiovascular risk; the health economics team at the George Institute led the process evaluation where multiple publications have been generated as a result. These collaborations have resulted in the generation of other publications through these established networks. I led the second qualitative study as part of my PhD body of work where I engaged with four Aboriginal Medical Services from three states and territories of Australia.
As part of my PhD, in-depth qualitative interviews were undertaken with 72 Indigenous women from four Aboriginal Medical Services throughout Australia to explore Indigenous women’s experiences of living with chronic disease and seeking to understand the factors that impacted their ability to manage their own health. I understand that it is pertinent that we must demonstrate academic excellence by publishing widely in high impact journals, what is equally as important when conducting research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is that we must provide opportunity for the community to be made aware of findings from studies prior to publishing the information. However, while at the George Institute I collaborated with other teams to publish articles and reports. I have expertise in qualitative research, systematic reviews, process evaluations, integrated care, community engagement and in-depth knowledge about the resilience of Indigenous communities and their needs.